Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

Little Tree

July 21, 2016

51Fg2ChjzMLLittle Tree

By Loren Long

In the middle of a little forest, there was a little tree. He had bright green leaves like all the other little trees, they kept him shaded and cool during the hot summer months. When fall came, all of the other trees dropped their leaves one at a time, but not the little tree. He held onto them tight. The next summer, all the other trees grew fresh green leaves. They got taller and bigger as the years went by, while the little tree clung to his brown, withered leaves and stayed the same. Can he learn to let go?

This story can be applied to so many situations. With it’s simple, colorful illustrations, it shows how holding onto something can keep you from growing up. Releasing that blanket or pacifier or raggedy toy might be easier with a little help from this little tree.

Recommended for ages 5-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

Print this entry


D is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What to Wear by Maria Carluccio

July 8, 2016

dressupD Is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s Of What we Wear by Maria Carluccio

It is hot outside and cool clothing may be on your mind.  This little book is a perfect solution for the summer heat.  Curl up on the couch in the air-conditioning and enjoy the alphabet as you talk about the clothes we wear.

Not all alphabet books are created equal.  They are best when they include uppercase and lowercase letters, plus corresponding words that make sense to children.  D is for Dress-up shows each uppercase letter, and prints a lower case word below the uppercase.  The choice of clothing items are mostly recognizable to children, along with one or two words that are great vocabulary expanders; E is for ensemble or V is for vintage.  The illustrations feature soft painted colors, diverse children and diverse activities.  This alphabet book is a winner!

Print this entry


The Sound of All Things

July 6, 2016

61Tqmms131LThe Sound of All Things

By Myron Uhlberg

Illustrated by Ted Papoulas

Have you ever tried to describe the sounds of a clacking, rushing roller coaster? Or how about the sounds a wave makes as it crashes on the sand? As a hearing child with two deaf parents, the boy in this book spends so much time trying to explain these things to his father. Sometimes he wants to tell his father no, that he doesn’t have the right words to describe a sound. It could be difficult at times to explain something that was so regular to his ears.

Set in 1930’s Brooklyn, this book has a rich historical element as well as a great perspective about people with disabilities. It’s easy to find inspiration in the boy’s decision to find more words to help describe the sounds of the world for his father. This is more than a slice of a different life, The Sound of All Things can help kids learn patience and kindness when interacting with people, disabled or not.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

Print this entry


Their Great Gift

June 17, 2016

6122RV-bYRLTheir Great Gift

By John Coy

Photographs by Wing Young Huie

Immigration is a major topic in our world. Their Great Gift is a book for more than children, it can help adults and children alike understand how hard it can be to leave home for a new country. Using very simple text and real photographs of immigrants, it gives a snapshot of both families and individuals and their lives in their new country. As it discusses challenges, it’s aimed at the children of immigrants and how their advice to their children is shaped by their own hardworking ideals.

“Work hard.”

“Do well in school.”

“Never give up.”

With this advice and the great gift of bettering their lives for the sake of their children, this story poses a meaningful question about what those children will do with that gift.

Recommended for ages 5-9.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

Print this entry


The Mouse Who Reached the Sky by Petr Horacek

May 31, 2016

mousewhoWhen Little Mouse sees something red and shiny in a tree, she tries to get it down but is unable to reach it. She goes to ask her friend Mole to help but they still can’t attain the necessary height. The two friends ask Rabbit to assist them and by cooperating with each other, they are able to achieve even more than their original goal. Each character imagines the red circle is something a little different.  Children can make their own guesses before the actual object is revealed at the end.  The vibrant colors used in the illustrations add to the exuberance of the story.  When these friends help each other, they succeed beyond their wildest dreams. mouse moon

Recommended for children ages 3-6.

Enjoy these two additional titles by Petr Horacek starring Little Mouse.

new house for moue



Print this entry


Chicken Lily

May 26, 2016

61nI7EPEwLLChicken Lily

By Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden

For Chicken Lily, it’s not easy to take risks. She won’t take off her training wheels, or raise her wing in class. She might not be brave, but she’s good at so many other things. Being a careful colorer, and a patient puzzler couldn’t help her with the school’s poetry contest. She would have to get up on a stage and read a poem aloud in front of the whole school! Nothing could be more terrifying than that!

Chicken Lily proves that being scared is something anyone can face with a little support from friends. It’s okay to be scared sometimes. This is a great lesson to share with your little ones, whether they have a current fear, or whether they’re just a little nervous about something. Just like Chicken Lily, they too can face that microphone and take a step over their fears, even if it’s just for one day.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

Print this entry


My New Mom and Me

May 13, 2016

51HkVEbXwrLMy New Mom and Me

by Renata Galindo

While it might not be a conversation you think about often, children should understand adoption. They might encounter adopted children in their school, or happen to be one themselves. My New Mom and Me is a gentle way to introduce your child to this concept.

Told from the prospective of the child, it brings up many of the concerns adopted children may feel, including the fact that they don’t look like their adoptive parent. While things aren’t always perfect between the new cat mother and her adopted puppy, they show how much love and patience can come out of the new living arrangements. Though they might not start off as a family, they learn how to become one.

Recommended for ages 3-7.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

Print this entry


Polar Bear’s Underwear

May 12, 2016

Polar bears underwear bigPolar Bear’s Underwear

By tupera tupera

“Poor Polar Bear! He can’t find his underwear!” (from book)

Polar Bear has misplaced his underwear and he can’t remember what they looked like! His friend Mouse decides to help him locate his absent undies by examining a series of colorful options… but unfortunately they all belong to other animal friends. It seems like Polar Bear may never see his gone garment again until…

well, you’ll just have to read to find out!

This is an adorable guessing game book with cut-out pages so you can see the underwear without seeing who they belong to until you turn the page. The animals and their underthings are made from cut paper of a dazzling array of colors and textures in a collage-style reminiscent of Lois Ehlert’s works.  Each pair of underwear is a clue to who their owner is so you have to stop and think to figure it out before you turn the page!polar bear & mouse

This book is part of the 2×2 Reading List selected annually by the Texas Library Association for young readers age 2 through 2nd grade.  Each book is paired with a list of fun and educational activities for children and parents to do together!  All of the 2×2 books at the Plano Public Libraries include this activity list on their inside cover.   If they are all checked out, we have a set of books as part of our Junior Reference collection that you can read in the library any time!

Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)

Print this entry


All We Know

May 6, 2016

Product DetailsAll We Know

By Linda Ashman

Illustrated by Jane Dyer

A young mother takes her child on a journey through the seasons by describing how things naturally and instinctively happen according to their own internal timetable.  Simple rhymes invoking the beauty of the natural world quietly let the child experience life by including rain falling from a cloud, flowers blooming from a bulb, bears knowing when to hibernate and so on through the deeply felt instinct of a mother’s love for her child.

The days know how to march along

no matter what we do.

And I know how to love you.

No one taught me…

I just knew.

 Dyer’s sweet, soft watercolors radiate the beauty of Ashman’s prose.

This is a book that just begs to be shared in a lap!

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)





Print this entry


The Best Sweater

April 26, 2016

sweaterThe Best Sweater

by Lynne Garner

illustrated by Sarah Gill

Spindle the mouse gets a handmade sweater from his grandmother and decides that it is the BEST sweater ever. It fits so perfectly that he wears it everywhere, even when it’s not cold (he ties it around his waist, just in case). Like all sweaters, especially those given lots of love, it gets a little tear. Mama fixes it, but soon there’s another problem! It won’t fit over his ears! After being snipped and sewed and fixed over and over, the best sweater finally finds new life as another surprise from Grandma.

This is a sweet story about family, growing up, and learning that things will always be changing. Soft watercolor and pastel drawings fill the pages with color, making this a beautiful book to share with your little one. It might just give you an idea of how to to ease the transition from a well-loved blanket or toy.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

Print this entry